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An abbot who is head of a congregation consisting of several associated monasteries.Related abbot sovereign
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Cowell (1554–1611), civil lawyer. From abbot + general.
abbot-general/ˈabət ˈdʒɛn(ə)r(ə)l//ˈabət ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəl/
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